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22 Dec 2018, 22:54 PM

22 December 2018 - The youngest citizens of Herceg Novi will have the opportunity to try decorating a Christmas tree, but also tlearn something new, through the traditional manifestation on the occasion of the New Year's holidays – “Christmas Decoration of Spruce tree on the slopes of Mount Orjen”. Aside from children and parents, the manifestation is open to all mountain lovers and to all people who simply enjoy socializing.

The manifestation, which will be held tomorrow - December 23, is organized by Mountain Club Subra at the Mountaineering Hut “Za Vratlom”.

According to the club, the departure is tomorrow at 9:30 from the former motel Borići (800 metres above sea level) and there is around an hour and a half hike to the Mountain hut "Za Vratlom" (1160 metres above sea level). There, along with the old story of the tradition of Christmas Decoration of Spruce tree on the slopes of Mount Orjen, the youngest will be able to enjoy local food and drinks.

After that, it is officially the time for the Christmas Decoration of Spruce tree on the slopes of Mount Orjen, in the true spirit of this gorgeous mountain, which has been adorned with a thin white blanket since the last weekend. In addition to warm shoes and clothes, children can take crayons, as there will be even more exciting activities and small surprises, as announced from the club representatives.

"Christmas Decoration of Spruce tree on the slopes of Mount Orjen" was organized with the support of the Secretariat for Social Activities and Sports of the Municipality of Herceg Novi. Participation is free of charge. Keep in mind that the parents and guardians are responsible for their children.

To take part in the event, it is best to acquire information via Facebook page Mountain Club Subra, telephone 0038269-684-084, or Instagram profile "mountainhut_zavratlom".

22 Dec 2018, 03:11 AM

21 December 2018 - Tourist Organization of the Municipality of Budva and the Association of Caterers of Budva are organising the event Christmas Piazzetta which should additionally complement the city's tourist offer during the upcoming Christmas and New Year holidays.  

This event will take place from December 22 to January 15 at the Budva’s City Park. The program of the Christmas Piazzetta will include a vibrant music and entertainment program, exhibitions of souvenirs and handicrafts, as well as the offer of drinks and delicacies exhibited by numerous caterers from Budva.

The program of the Piazzetta is designed to suit all ages and tastes, so the organisers have prepared activities dedicated to the youngest audience, evening events when cocktail masters will entertain and serve visitors, costume nights and more!

Christmas Piazzetta in Budva from December 22 to January 15

This Sunday (December 23) is reserved for the youngest - from 10 am to 2 pm there will be a music and entertainment program which will include children from Public Preschool Institution "Ljubica Jovanović-Maša", PPI "My World” and PPU" Winnie the Pooh", dance group "Iskra" and members of the Youth Club Budva. A creative workshop for children will also be organized, in which the little ones can make greeting cards, ornaments, and souvenirs. Their handicrafts will be sold, and this will raise funds for the purchase of wheelchairs for the needs of the "Second primary school" in Budva, attended by children with disabilities.

On December 24, from 19:00 to 20:00, the guests will be entertained by the sounds from the band Harmonija, followed by the band Toć from 20:00 to 24:00.

On December 25, the organisers have prepared a Christmas Celebration from 20:00 to 24:00, with the Castell Nuovo band.

Numerous locals have already shown great interest in the Night of Cocktails (December 26th) and Costume Night (December 27th).

The Christmas Piazzetta, which takes place from December 22 to January 15, offers a unique and rich musical program that can suit the tastes of all guests - from the fans of rock and pop sounds, those who prefer electronic music, to those who enjoy the wonderful sounds of tambourines.

22 Dec 2018, 02:27 AM

21 December 2018 - The Fifth New Year's Fair of Local Products was officially opened on December 21st at the Sports Centre in Nikšić.

Nearly 250 producers from Nikšić and other Montenegrin municipalities, as well as from the region, are exhibiting their products at this economic-tourist event, established four years ago as a local product fair.

Fifth New Years Fair of Local Products in Nikšić from 21 23 December 2

The fair has justified the expectations of the organizers in a relatively short period because it is obviously becoming one of the official brands of the city of Nikšić and an event that delights both the exhibitors and visitors. This event is an exceptional opportunity for the promotion of food products, healthy lifestyle, artisan work, and artwork, as well as for the encouragement of fellow citizens to buy local products. The exhibitors of the fair prepare themselves several months ahead of the event to make sure they offer the best and highest quality products to the visitors.

The Fair of Local Products also offers an excellent opportunity for establishing new contacts, exchange of information and knowledge about the latest trends in production and consumption, as well as a chance for the producers to promote their own business efficiently.

Fifth New Years Fair of Local Products in Nikšić from 21 23 December 3

This year, the exhibitors offer large quantities of various products, from food products such as homemade liqueurs, honey, juices, sweet, brandy and balsam, goat and cow milk products, traditional Montenegrin prosciutto, to various handicrafts that can serve as souvenirs or gifts - embroidered trousers, socks, etc.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Milutin Simović, who opened the fair in Nikšić, said that the achieved results in the agricultural sector are the best confirmation that the opportunities for a successful business in this sector are becoming more and more apparent and accessible.

The Local Product Fair is organized by the Municipality of Nikšić, with the support of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Centre Tehnopolis and NGO "Rural Development Network". This year's partner of the Fair is the Municipality of Bijelo Polje that supported the participation of producers from the city.

New Year's Fair of Local Products will be held from December 21 to 23, 2018.

21 Dec 2018, 15:34 PM
December 21, 2018 - Stoliv is a small settlement on the shores of Kotor’s Bay, situated between the straits of Verige and Prčanj. Like other settlements in Boka, Stoliv first developed on the hill above the sea, where the population had better conditions for defense against the enemy, who in Boka mostly came from the sea. The resort on the coast was formed by the development of maritime in the 16th and 17th centuries, while the oldest written document in the Historical archive in Kotor mentioning Stoliv dates from the beginning of the 14th century.
 
Stoliv is today a popular tourist destination that attracts guests outside of the high tourist season, primarily thanks to the tourist and cultural events of Kostanjada and the Festival of Camellia, organized by the NGO Kamelija Stoliv, under the patronage of the Kotor Municipality and Kotor Tourist Organization. The best way to get through time and to get to know this place was to visit the president of the organization, Romeo Mihović.
 
"There are several theories about the origin of the name Stoliv. The most likely and etymologically most acceptable variant is that the name Stoliv comes from "one hundred olive trees," in Montenegrin “Sto Oliva.” It came by the unwritten rule that the young man of Stoliv had to plant on hundred of olive trees to be able to marry. When we know that olives and chestnut trees for centuries were the main economics of the place, it does not have to be surprising, "explains Romeo, who, with great enjoyment and love, talks about Stoliv history and Stoliv of today.
 
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The first mention of Stoliv in the notaries books dates from the beginning of the 14th century, namely 1326. The document mentions Vinnea de Stalivo, vineyards of the Kotor notary Petar Vitin in this part of Boka. "There is also a stone artifact from that time, which was excavated in Stoliv on the former estate of Petar Vitin, which in the Latin language is bearing the inscription corresponding to the contents of the mentioned notary script. This stone is now one of the exhibits in the treasury on the island of Our Lady of the Rocks, while its replica can be seen in the Historical Archives at St. Tripun’s square in the Old Town of Kotor," explains Romeo Mihovic.”Of course, these are written evidence, but we have no reason to suspect that the settlement at the site of today's Gornji Stoliv existed much earlier, as well as numerous settlements on the slopes of Vrmac. This could certainly be proved by more detailed research, especially the excavation of old buildings, over which later architectural layers were built. It is known that Vrmac was still inhabited in the old age, at the time of Acruvium, which was the name for the settlement which is assumed to have been at the site of Kotor. "
 
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Gornji Stoliv is 250 meters above sea level. In the village dominates the parish church of St. Elijah, the saint whose name is celebrated by all the inhabitants of Stoliv. The parish church, which cannot be said with certainty when it was built, was restored in 1553 and is one of the nine sacral objects in Stoliv. The bell tower of one of the most beautiful churches in Boka was built in 1833.
 
The church dominating the village by the sea is dedicated to the Name of Mary, and its construction began in 1774 in the period of the most significant upsurge of the Bokelian maritime. 
 
"Those who started to marinate and accumulate some capital could begin building a resort by the sea that still fascinates by the harmony and beauty of construction. Over the last decades, especially after the earthquake in 1979, many of these buildings have forever disappeared, but Stoliv also today, as well as other stone settlements along the Bokelian Coast, fascinates by its harmony and beauty," proudly marks Romeo Mihović.
 
A particularly significant sacral building in Stoliv is the church of St Basil, which Stoliv's people are particularly proud of because it is a worthy testimony to the ever-harmonious coexistence of the East and the West in Boka Bay. The church is painted with fresco paintings, characteristic of Eastern Christianity, while the inscriptions on its walls are written with a Latin letter. "This is a great symbiosis of Eastern and Western cultures, Catholics and Orthodoxy, which have always been permeated in this area, and in which the Bokelians have always been particularly proud," explains Romeo.
 
Captains from Stoliv, as well as the mariners from the other parts of Boka, were happy to finance the construction of sacred and monumental buildings of importance to the community. When talking about Stoliv, one of the most important donors was Captain Gaspar Ivanovic, who was the keeper of the reconstruction of the parish church of St. Elijah, but also the construction of a stone road that connects Gornji Stoliv and the village on the coast. This exceptional architectural artwork, built in traditional dry stone construction, today fascinates with its harmony and durability, despite the tooth of the time and the fact that the Montenegrin Cultural Heritage Management Board is presenting more harm than the protection of the cultural heritage of Boka Bay.
 
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"As well as charities from other parts of Boka, Stoliv’ s benefactors have invested primarily from love to their place. They spent in those facilities they believed would help develop their area. They must have thought that generations who come would price their works. Unfortunately, this is not the case today. With current planning documents, one part of the way to Gornji Stoliv could be undone for the construction of the vehicle road. We strive in society to prevent such plans from being realized; we hope to protect this road as an individual monument of culture, though its protection should be understood as it is located in the protected Natural and Cultural Historical Area of Kotor, which enjoys UNESCO protection. We hope that the creators of a plan will have more sense for the valuable cultural heritage of our region," says Romeo Mihović.
 
The road from the settlement along the coast to Gornji Stoliv leads through the centuries-old chestnut plantation, which once before the construction of a coastal resort, had been planted to the sea. Chestnut is today, along with the flower of the camellias, the trademark of Stoliv, a motif for organizing the traditional festivals. Kostanjada is dedicated to Kostanj, what is Bokelian word for chestnut.
 
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For the last 30 years, Stoliv has been given a great place on the tourist and cultural map of Boka and Montenegro thanks to chestnut and camellia. When talking about chestnut, the reason is the fact that one of the biggest chestnut plantations on the Adriatic Sea coast is in Stoliv.
 
"In the notaries of the Kotor’s archives, we find a document dating back to 1332, in which it is said that Kotor's herds in the area of Stoliv had their serves that collected the fruits of chestnuts, winemakers, and olive growers. This is a confirmation that there were chestnut plants here at the beginning of the 14th century. We know from history that Romans are responsible for spreading chestnut culture from Asia Minor to the entire Mediterranean and all the way to Northern Europe. Today we find chestnut plantations just in the area once occupied by the Roman Empire. Chestnut is extremely adaptable to the various climatic conditions. It gives quality wood, and its fruits have high nutritional value for use in human nutrition, as well as for the feeding of domestic animals. Generally speaking, this is a useful culture, especially in turbulent times of war and hunger. So it is not excluded that the Romans already planted chestnuts in these areas."
 
The chestnut plantation, which today boasts of Stoliv, was planted with the arrival of the Venetian Republic. "It does not seem to be a forest, but a planned plantation. The botanists have recently stated that the oldest trees on this plantation are over 400 years old," explains Mihovic.
 
Chestnuts from Stoliv were favorite goods at the famous Kotor’s bazaar, and old Bokelians used it for various purposes. Romeo learned from his ancestors that chestnuts were also used as a sweetener, "to soften the bitterness of coffee because there was no sugar."
 
stoliv coastNGO Kamelija Stoliv has organized the traditional event of Kostanjada since 2006. The party feast is always at the end of October or early November, on the occasion of All Saints. Namely, Stoliv had an unwritten law for collecting chestnuts - until 1 November no one was allowed to enter another person's property to gather chestnut fruit. After that date, no one was defending; the goal was to collect as much fruit as possible, to save it from decay. Reminding of this beautiful custom, the NGO Kamelija organizes a tasting of sweet and salty chestnut dishes, a suitable cultural and artistic program, as well as art colony on the chestnut theme, as well as a walk through the centuries-old plantation to Gornji Stoliv.
 
NGO Kamelija under that name exists since 2002 and the adoption of the NGO Act. However, it is a local association of inhabitants of Stoliv, which has been operating since 1919, when it was founded under the name Guslar. "Although the gusle musical instrument is primarily linked to Montenegro, the fact is that this instrument is characteristic for the entire Dinaridi area," says Romeo. After the Second World War, the Society carried the name after Niko Bilafer, a young revolutionary from Strp, who gave his life to the freedom of his country. Today, his name takes a Culture House in Stoliv, and in a society that continues to nurture an anti-fascist tradition, they decided to give the organization a more modern name. 
 
Camellia name is not chosen by chance - it is a horticultural species that arrived from the Far East to Boka Bay thanks to the sailors from Stoliv in the early 18th century. Today, this flower decorates all courtyards in Stoliv.  NGO Kamelija organizes the party dedicated to this flower- Festival of Camellia since 1995. A part of the event, which takes place last weekend in March or the first weekend in April, is also a race in rowing with wooden boats, wearing the symbolic name Camellia Trophy. As Romeo says, every resemblance to the famous race Camel Trophy is intentional.
 
"With this segment of our festival, we want to draw attention to an important segment of the cultural heritage of Boka Bay, which is a wooden boat, once of life importance for residents of this area. Unfortunately, on the banks of Boka Bay is less and less wooden boats, so in this way, we try to make it popular and influence that the state recognizes this part of the Bokelian heritage, "says Romeo.
The first Festival of Camellia was an exhibition of floral arrangements of the camellia flower on the initiative of Prof. Dr. Vesna Lipovac Radulović in 1995. Today, it is a multimedia event, whose segments are held throughout Boka but also in other Montenegrin cities.
 
The Central Fiesta of the festival is always on the shore of Stoliv. The program begins with a play - the boat is coming to the coast, in Stoliv is returning a sailor who is received by the faithful dear and children. He brings a saddle of camellia, which was unknown to this day in our area. This part of the program always attracts a lot of interest of media and tourists, enjoying the play as well as this beautiful story. 
 
The following is a cultural and artistic program, an exhibition of camellia flower arrangements, displays of artwork and presentation of the written works inspired by the camellia flower, the competition of the most beautiful yard with camellias. NGO Kamelija also organizes excursions to Vrmac and Gornji Stoliv as well as the unavoidable gastronomic part of the event - the traditional Mušuljada- preparation of mussels for all the locals and guests.
 
“In the spring, on the Festival of Camellia, we expect returnee visits from our friends from Opatija, whose floral symbol is camellias. Friends from Germany and Italy are also coming back to our Festival," proudly points out Romeo Mihović, president of NGO Kamelija Stoliv.
 
The year to come us is significant for the society of Stoliv, because they will celebrate the great jubilee- hundred years since the founding of the company Guslar, from which origins today's NGO Kamelija Stoliv.
 
20 Dec 2018, 11:01 AM

December 20, 2018 - Sveti Marko Island is a natural and cultural heritage pearl in Tivat's bay. Entirely covered with greenery, mainly olive and cypress trees, once it was one of the most popular adventure tourism destinations in Montenegro. Sveti Marko today is wholly abandoned and waiting for some better times to be discovered again.

According to an ancient Greek legend, the island was the gift of gods to Greek soldiers who healed their wounds after battles on the island. Out of gratitude, they swore that they would never again wage war on their own, but only protect themselves if need be. They broke the oath eventually, and the enraged goods sent a deadly storm which killed everyone on the island, leaving only the beautiful old olive trees. 
 
The name of the island in the middle ages, during the rule of the Serbian monarchs, was Sveti Gavrilo and according to another legend, the monastery dedicated to the mentioned Saint occupied the island. From there comes another name for the island, still in use among Tivat's natives - Gabrio.
After the takeover of Boka Bay by the Venetian Republic, the island became known as the Stradioti, after the Venetian cavalry composed mainly of the ethnic Albanians who had their fortress and barracks built on the island in 1499. Towards the end of the 16th century, the military units left the island, and it got the new name after Saint Marco - Sveti Marko, the protector of Venice.
 
In 1962, a tourist settlement was built there, with 500 Tahiti-style houses, without water supply or electricity. Club Med managed it, and until the Yugoslav wars, it was a popular adventure tourism destination. The guests of the island were coming mainly from Western European countries. It was a favorite target of young adventurers, who along with the sunbathing and swimming, spent their vacation here enjoying in various water sports, while the numerous animators cheered them up with cultural – entertaining shows and spectacles.
 
Today, it is mostly abandoned, making the island a somewhat exotic and mysterious destination. About ten years ago, a Russian investor wanted to transform the Sveti Marko island into an elite tourism destination by developing tourist villas and a high category hotel. The part of that plan was also the construction of a small marina, which meant destructing the natural ambiance of the island. Citizens of Tivat and other parts of the bay were strongly against those plans, so Sveti Marko island remains the untouched pearl in this part of Boka. 
 
Spacial planning experts suggest keeping Sveti Marko as it is since it is one of the last fully preserved natural areas in Boka Bay and one of only seven islands along Montenegrin coast. Archaeologists suggest that Sveti Marko is an important archaeological site and that any intervention on the island should precede detailed scientific research.
18 Dec 2018, 23:01 PM

18 December 2018 - Euro-Unit Montenegro Company, in cooperation with its long-time partner Yamaha Music Europe, is organising the event “ MUSIC DAYS ” at the shopping mall Delta City in Podgorica.

From Monday to Friday – December 17 to 21, in the central part of the shopping centre, the organisers will present a wide range of electric pianos and electric drums of the most prestigious producer of musical equipment - Yamaha.

All interested visitors will have the opportunity to try playing these instruments on site, to get more information about products within the music industry and even gain additional discounts for purchasing the instruments through vouchers to be distributed on this occasion.

The organisers expect the event to be visited by professionals from the musical-instrument sector as well as local professional and amateur musicians. By attending the event, you can forge business contacts and strengthen the existing ones, build up knowledge in the musical instrument world and purchase musical equipment at affordable prices with discounts.

The organiser of this event, Euro-Unit Montenegro Company, is a part of the Euro-Unit Group, which is the leading company in the sales of musical instruments and professional audio equipment in this part of Europe. The company started operating in Montenegro in 2007 and is engaged in the sales and maintenance of professional audio equipment and musical instruments as well as renting instruments and equipment for concerts, conferences, and similar events. Euro-Unit’s area of expertise also includes designing, installing and maintaining sound systems for all types of business premises, public institutions, schools, cafes, clubs, as well as conference halls.

Yamaha Corporation is a Japanese multinational corporation and conglomerate with an extensive range of products and services, predominantly musical instruments. As a brand, Yamaha Music Europe is known for its high-quality products - pianos, digital musical instruments, wind instruments, string instruments, percussion instruments, educational musical instruments, and professional audio equipment.

The representatives of Euro-Unit and Yamaha kindly invite you to visit the event and share the love for music with them!

18 Dec 2018, 01:53 AM

17 December 2018 - Charming and beautiful, Kotor is especially gorgeous during the end-of-year festivities. Kotor’s streets and citadel are embellished with lights and magnificent decorations that all locals and tourists can enjoy during the holidays.

This year’s refined Christmas decorations throughout Kotor caught the eye of the city’s public. Inspired by the holiday’s spirit, the representatives of the local government paid particular attention to details, and their creativity contributed to the Christmas atmosphere within the city.

Christmas Decorations Kotor

Creative interpretation of the holiday symbols that lit up Kotor includes: Christmas presents, luminous arches, tunnels, cross street decorations, Christmas bells, colorful bows, Christmas tree balls, Snowmen and, of course, a giant Christmas tree. Still, the culmination of all Kotor lights and decorations is, without a doubt, the light curtain that covered the Citadel. This breath-taking landscape that looks even more elegant in the evening hours is definitely a place to admire.

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If you’re looking to spend your holiday in Kotor, not only can you enjoy a special Christmas atmosphere, but the rich New Year program can also entertain you with many concerts by renowned performers from the region. In fact, the New Year's Eve celebration in Kotor is organized as a so called “Kotor Evening” which includes a program for the youngest – Children New Year's Eve, followed by entertainment by numerous local performers and guests. For the New Year's Eve and the first night in 2019, Kotor returns to its true, rock image and within the Rock New Year program, brings the most significant bands of the EX-YU rock scene of today. On December 31, the audience will have the opportunity to enjoy the performances of Damir Urban, Darko Rundek, Bombaj Press and M.O.R.T. On January 1, and the program continues with the sounds of Four Blues Driver, followed by Galija, Psihomodo pop and Autogeni trening.

Rich New Year celebration program offer goes beyond Kotor. Looking for information on entertainment programs along Montenegrin coast? We've got you covered.

16 Dec 2018, 23:20 PM

16 December 2018 - The Fifth Christmas Market in Hotel Regent Porto Montenegro was held this weekend on the covered terrace of the Murano Restaurant within the hotel.

BokaNews Photo Guide through Regent Christmas Market 1

On the first day of the event (Saturday, December 15), due to adverse weather conditions, the turnout was not great. Sunday managed to correct the first impression, and with rays of sunshine and high temperature throughout the day, enticed a significant number of visitors.

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Inspired by the holiday atmosphere, seventeen exhibitors presented their handicrafts created in the spirit of Christmas: jewelry, Christmas and New Year decorations, Christmas trees, souvenirs, homemade gastronomic products, fruit syrups, jams and a large number of other handmade products that attracted the attention of all visitors.

BokaNews Photo Guide through Regent Christmas Market 4

Regent Porto Montenegro's food and beverage department introduced festive delicacies, traditional Christmas cakes, hot chocolate, cooked wine and various types of tea.

BokaNews Photo Guide through Regent Christmas Market 5

Regent also offered many salty delicacies, such as several types of sausages, which gave the Christmas Market a unique gastronomic dimension.

BokaNews Photo Guide through Regent Christmas Market 2

The Regent's Christmas Market will continue on December 22 and 23 as well as on December 29 and 30 from 12 pm to 4 pm.

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Source: BokaNews

16 Dec 2018, 22:57 PM

16 December 2018 - Tivat Airport’s new departure terminal with 1,300 square metres, that should provide more comfort for passengers, faster and better service as well as better working conditions for Airport employees, will be officially opened on Monday, December 24.

"One of our most significant projects in the last ten years is the construction of a new terminal of 1300 square metres, which will enable the service of twice as many passengers in the departure gates compared to our current capacity. Also, by constructing a new terminal, passengers will enjoy more convenience, we will prevent jams, and the work of our employees will be more efficient," executive director of the Airports of Montenegro Danilo Orlandić said in August this year, announcing the completion of works by the end of the year.

Tivat Airports New Departure Terminal Opens on December 24 2

The new departure terminal will include six check-in counters, two new lines for security screening as well as offices for representatives of airline companies. Tivat Airport PR service also confirmed the construction of official premises for representatives of the Police Directorate and the Customs Administration, passenger toilets and a room for sorting luggage with all accompanying equipment.

The new facility of the departure terminal of the Tivat Airport was built in less than three months and was constructed by the Podgorica-based company “Fidija.” The value of the new facility with its equipment is about 2,2 million EUR. The new terminal was built on the northwest side of the current airport terminal building, and Airports of Montenegro entirely financed it.

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16 Dec 2018, 22:01 PM

16 December 2018 - Žabljak must have more hotels with a lot of accommodation capacities, and the winter tourist season must begin earlier. This is the goal that the state, in cooperation with the municipalities and the National Tourism Organization of Montenegro must achieve, as announced by the director of the National Tourism Organization Željka Radak Kukavičić. While the authorities solve problems in the north, fans of snow and skiing do not waste time as they are enjoying ski trails. The problem is the lack of hotels with more significant capacities.

As one of the leading tourist centers, Žabljak has to respond to organized visits by numerous tourists from the region and the world, says Radak Kukavičić.

"We must make sure that Žabljak has a hotel that can accommodate 200 guests," she told reporters, opening this year's winter tourist season on Žabljak.

President of the Municipality of Žabljak Veselin Vukićević says that the plan is to open the hotel "Durmitor" in the next two years, which will satisfy such demands of tourists. Snow has significantly covered Savin Kuk, and it came in the right time since many skiers and tourists arrived in the past couple of days.

"We are aware that it is necessary to solve the issue of additional snow coverage in Žabljak. If there is no snow, there is often no tourists," Kukavičić said.

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"Savin Kuk has got snow cannon for artificial snow, and the capital project that we are expecting next year will solve the problem, which is also an introduction for the next winter season. The tender for artificial snow cannons will be announced by the end of the year," said Vukićević.

He also added that the municipality is investing significant funds for improving the tourist season and infrastructure.

"Apart from quality, the variety of tourist offer is something that we need to work on more intensely. I want to appeal to winter tourist centers to ensure a comfortable arrival for citizens and tourists. The road safety must be a priority," said the director of the NTO.

Prices on Savin kuk are at the last year's level:

  • Daily Ski-Pass for adults - 11 EUR
  • Daily Ski-Pass for children - 8 EUR
  • Night Ski-Pass - 6 EUR
  • Season Ski-Pass - 150 EUR
  • Season Ski-Pass for Žabljak residents - 100 EUR

The National Tourism Organization organized free transportation, food and beverage tasting, and entertainment activities this weekend at Žabljak, and Kolašin, as they announced, is scheduled to be scheduled for the next weekend.

Source: Milica Mandić, National Television of Montenegro

16 Dec 2018, 21:31 PM
Decembar 16, 2018 - Vjeverica Mountain Club from Kotor has used a sunny and pleasant winter day to plan and make an excellent hiking tour of Peluzica in Kotor to the pine forest on the plateau of the low mountain of Vrmac, where the fortress of the same name is located. Vrmac is just a perfect destination for the not so well trained hikers since most of its path is easy to follow. Most of the time participants are able to fully enjoy the spectacular views of Kotor and Tivat bays and the mountain of Lovćen, as well as the open sea perspective over the Luštica peninsula and great views on the slopes of Orjen mountain. A perfect couple of hours of sunbathing today was joined by hikers from across the Boka Bay. 
 
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A dozen hikers, members of the Vjeverica (Squirrel) club and people who responded to a public invitation to enjoy the hinterland of Boka Bay joined the expert Vjeverica guide, Marjan Šantić. Among them was Elaine, an Australian who has been living in Kotor for two years, and has spent more than a year enjoying excursions with the Squirrel and his experienced guides.
 
Divided between the Kotor and Tivat municipalities, Vrmac has great the beauty of nature, as well as the architectural masterpiece of mankind; the traces of the existence in this area can be read from the pre-Illyrian times.
 
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Vrmac is a low mountain of marvelous morphology, extending from southeast to northwest. The slopes with dry junctions that are steeply descended into the UNESCO's Kotor, which has come to the World Heritage List thanks also to these sculptures that nature made in the stone. Just across this landscape, Franc Josef built one of the roads, which by the system of serpentines succeed in overcoming the unbelievable slope of mountains above Kotor. The route was created when it was primarily used for the supplying of Fort of Vrmac. It was 5 km long and led to the sea at Peluzica. One part of the trail now leads through the Novo Naselje built in Kotor after the Great Earthquake in 1979. It is a disadvantage that this path is not entirely preserved, but the remaining four kilometers will appeal to every hiker who decides on a light tour accessible regardless of the physical readiness of the pedestrians. The unique atmosphere made the fact that we walked to meet the sun's heat, as we headed from Kotor in the deep shadows. We rushed and caught the sun at least half an hour earlier than the ancient city of Kotor.
 
The Austro-Hungarian fortifications and the network of roads on Vrmac, although left behind, are resisting. Fascinating is the skill of the builder, as well as the perfection of processing stone from which Peluzica-Vrmac road was built. As with the rest of the infrastructure and buildings constructed by Austro-Hungarians, Austria has provided Montenegro with the notice that, at the end of a hundred years, it has ceased to be a guarantee for all segments of the Fortress of Boka Bay, a fortification system of over 50 fortresses connected by roads. Serpentines mostly resist the tooth of time, but in many places, it is evident that this valuable monument of culture deserves adequate treatment and protection, as one of the segments of the cultural landscape of the UNESCO area of Kotor.
 
Vrmac is a favorite destination of numerous citizens of Boka Bay, but also tourists and people who have been in Boka recently. Among them is Elaine from Australia, who found her new home in Kotor.
 
"I love Vrmac, this is not my first time here," explains Elaine, who has been living in Kotor for two years now. "I sailed in on a sailing boat and fell in love with the Bay of Kotor. So, I decided to buy an apartment in the Old Town of Kotor."
 
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Elaine had been working on board a sailing boat for 11 years, and she was pleased with her decision to make Kotor her new home. "Now I'm a private chef, I'm land based only, I quit sailing. I love having a normal life and freedom, what I really find here. I love the Bay and every time I look at it from some other perspective, I know I made the right decision to buy a property here. I like the freedom, safety, and beauty."
 
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When it comes to socializing with local people, Elaine suggests: "You have to make what you can of it, so you have to be outgoing and join groups. You may not understand what's going on, but just be part of what you can, enjoying NGOs and hiking groups and any social group you can."
 
Elaine loves Squirrel and has spent time with them for more than a year. "We go to some amazing places. I'm so happy that I get to share it with this group of like-minded people. Also, if I have anyone coming to visit me at my apartment, I always recommend hiking or at least to join the hiking group to get the most of their stay here. I suggest they get out and about to see the beauty."
 
Elaine today enjoyed beautiful vistas along the serpentine's path. Also, she joined the rest of the group at the end of the road, enjoying the top of the cliff that offers a fantastic view of Kotor.
 
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From here through the woods, the main Vrmac road, connecting Trojica and Gornja Lastva, is an extraordinary engineering work which, through the art of masonry, as opposed to time to this day. Information is provided, if you decide to continue walking around Vrmac, the paths are well marked, and from the main road, from Vrmac, you can quickly get to all the upper villages as well as to the coast.
 
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The Vjeverica team has not announced the destination and the term of new hiking tours. Tour dates usually are on the weekends, so further action depends on the weather. Activities are regularly reported on the Vjeverica Facebook page.
 
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